Tuesday, 24 January 2012 13:05

Date Nights: Grand Rapids

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As a part of our annual Love Issue, we picked and chose the perfect dates in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Muskegon. If you and your date will be hitting the town in Grand Rapids, here are some ideas for your evening of love.

Cheap Date

Relax with your date by drinking cheap whiskey and playing vintage arcade games during the S*** Show at Stella's Lounge (53 Commerce Ave. SW). Every Sunday at 9.p.m until close, Stella's offers a free "white trash" buffet and half-off signature whiskey. A few stiff drinks and an hour later, Gong Show karaoke kicks off with DJ Kermit. The S*** Show is guaranteed to please your stomach and wallet. By Melanie Huhn

Foodie Date
Treat yourself or your date to foodie Nirvana. Pamper your taste buds by focusing your attention directly on them at San Chez’s Dinner in the Dark event on Feb. 14. The lights are turned off so you can focus on food and food alone. Tickets are $65 per person. Call (616) 774-8272. Keep the food high going by grabbing tickets ($35-$45) to An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert at DeVos Performance Hall on Feb. 19. The celebrity chefs will spend an evening talking about food trends and a behind-the-scenes look at life as a chef. Lindsay Patton-Carson

Fitness Date

With approximately16 Grand Rapids locations and 24-hour gym accessibility, Snap Fitness (snapfitness.com) makes it easy for you to get sweaty with your sweetie. Since Valentine's Day is all about hearts, treat yours right by getting its rate up with cardio, weights or one of Snap's many fitness classes at select locations. After you've gotten your heart rate up to a desirable level, towel off and use those endorphins to tell your date how pretty or handsome they are, even if their sweaty, red face at the moment says otherwise. By Lindsay Patton-Carson

Funny Date
Aisha Tyler is better known for her work in television, but her work in comedy dates back to the early days of her career. Tyler got her start with an extended guest appearance on "Friends" as Charlie, the girl who dated Joey (and later Ross), and currently voices sexy superspy Lana Kane on FX's "Archer," which is probably the funniest animated television show on air. She only does about one standup gig per month, so her Feb. 10 and 11 appearances at Dr. Grins (The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW) should be a treat. By Tyler DeJong

First Date
Take your date to see film excellence at Grand Rapids' Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy St. SE) on Feb. 14, when the Meanwhile Movie Series presents Wayne's World. After the show, head across the street to the Meanwhile Bar (1005 Wealthy St. SE) to engage in conversation about the movie's "mega happy ending" and indulge in Long Island Iced Tea and Black Label beer specials. Admission to the 8 p.m. show is $6. By Patrick Nothaft

Mushy Date
A considerable amount of affection can be found at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company's Amoré and More production Feb. 10-12 and 17-19 at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre, (341 Ellsworth SW, Grand Rapids). Fall for four different dance works including Ulysses Dove's Red Angels, The Envelope, Con Amore and The Flower Festival in Genzano. Different aspects of love are touched upon, "humor, drama and passion-a good range of emotions," says Marketing and Box Office Director Misty Hendricks. By Missy Black

Anti Mush Date
While hardly fancy, Mulligan's Pub (1518 Wealthy St. SE) is steeped in tradition in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids. "Since the smoking ban was enacted, you can really smell the blood, puke and urine..." boasts the website. So, you know, it's not exactly the traditional spot for a Valentine's date. However, the bar's staff will be sure that both you and your date are kept in a steady supply of PBR pitchers and cheap Jager bombs. By Nick Manes

If moving off the couch is an excursion for you, the WYCE Jammies fits the bill. Head to The Intersection (133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids) in your pajamas and listen to what's hot in the West Michigan music scene on two stages with upwards of 20 bands on Feb. 14-and all for free! "It's really a celebration of community and local music all the way around," says The Intersection's Scott Hammontree. Who's up for the robe/smoking jacket look? By Missy Black
Eclectic Date
Make it a double date and enter the Outhouse 500, an annual outhouse race through Downtown Coopersville. Begin by enjoying foodstuffs at the Chili Blast then decorate your own privy and race to glory. Finally, show off your fancy commode in the parade. Because, love is a fact of life as much as certain unmentionables. By Audria Larsen
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